June 19, 2021

The Change Company Closes $150 Million Senior Debt Offering


March 31, 2021 07:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Originally published on Business Wire

IRVINE, Calif.--The Change Company, America’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), announced today the closing of a private placement (the “Offering”) of $150 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.375% Senior Notes due in 2031 (the “Notes”). Investors in the Notes include over 45 socially responsible insurance companies, asset managers, and banks seeking to participate in impactful ESG investment opportunities that provide access to capital in support of homeownership for Black, Latino and low-income borrowers and communities. The Change Company and its affiliates have successfully raised approximately $250 million in new capital over the past six months in support of their community development mission.

In 2020, The Change Company originated approximately 20,000 home loans totaling more than $7 billion – approximately 70% of which were to Black, Latino, and other underbanked borrowers. The average home loan to underbanked borrowers was for approximately $320,000, with an interest rate of 3.22%, and a loan-to-value of 76%.

Steven Sugarman, Founder of The Change Company, added, “This $150 million offering of senior debt is a milestone for all CDFIs – demonstrating that, at long last, CDFIs are able to attract the capital and liquidity necessary to increase social and racial equity in home ownership in America. We are humbled by the strong, diverse consortium of socially responsible investors who participated in this offering. The Change Company will continue to expand its partnerships to reach more underbanked borrowers in more underserved markets across the United States.”

The Change Company will use net proceeds from the Offering, among other things, to fund its three previously announced initiatives to increase Black Homeownership, Latino Homeownership, and Homeownership in Low Income Communities by $1 billion each. The Change Company expects to grow its lending to over $10 billion in 2021 to further its community development mission of lending to the underbanked.

Rev. Everett Bell, Chair of The Change Company’s Community Advisory Board, stated, “We are honored that our platform continues to serve as an effective conduit for socially responsible investors to increase access to capital for minority and low-to-moderate income communities often left behind by traditional financial institutions. This additional capital will continue to strengthen our mission to address the needs of Black, Latino, low-income and historically underserved communities across the country. We thank our new partners for their participation in our commitment to bringing greater social and racial equity to homeownership.”

The Notes, which received an investment grade A- rating from Egan Jones, bear a fixed interest rate of 5.375% and a no-call feature during its first five years. Thereafter, the interest rate will vary each quarter based on a 4.64% spread over the three-month SOFR index (subject to a floor of 5.25%).

Performance Trust Capital Partners served as exclusive financial advisor to The Change Company and sole placement agent in the Offering. Gaynor Law Group, P.C. and Michelman & Robinson, LLP served as The Change Company’s legal counsel in the Offering. Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP served as legal counsel to Performance Trust.

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